Merseyside’s Police Commissioner has today welcomed the release of an independent report which rates Merseyside Police as ‘good’ across the board with regards to Crime Data Integrity.
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has today published its Crime Data Integrity Inspection for 2017 for three forces (Devon and Cornwall Police; Greater Manchester Police and Merseyside Police).
This year the force has been given an overall rating of "Good", a significant improvement on the HMICFRS rating of “Inadequate" in 2016.
Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “I welcome the outcome of the inspection, which shows a significant improvement in comparison to the previous inspection two years ago when the Force was undergoing a huge re-organisation.
“It would be equally welcome to see HMICFRS acknowledge that constant changes to the way in which crime is recorded is confusing for the public and makes it harder to track progress in tackling crime.
“I commend the effort the Force has made in adapting crime recording to the requirements of HMICFRS. I am particularly pleased that HMICFRS has recognised the outstanding culture and leadership that I see week in, week out, in Merseyside Police.”
In the HMICFRS report, Merseyside Police has been given an overall rating of good with the following ratings for each of the three categories in the report:
- How effective is the force at recording reported crime? – Requires improvement
- How efficiently do the systems and processes in the force support accurate crime recording? – Good
- How well does the force demonstrate the leadership and culture necessary to meet the national standards for crime recording? – Outstanding
HM Inspector of Constabulary Matt Parr said: "I commend Merseyside Police for the significant progress it has made in such a short time. It has responded well to our 2016 inspection, provided good training to its workforce and substantially improved its recording of violent and serious sexual crimes.
"It is clear that all staff have worked hard to improve the service the force provides, taking immediate steps to address the problems we identified in our last inspection.
"However, some types of crime – particularly complicated crime, such as rape, domestic abuse and modern slavery – are still under-recorded, which needs to be addressed urgently. I am confident that Merseyside Police will continue to build on the excellent work it has done and make progress in the areas we have identified for improvement."
View the full report here.